Boise Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer
Vehicular manslaughter refers to operating a motor vehicle in a way that leads to the death of another person. If convicted, the punishments can be severe. In worst-case scenarios, you could be facing a life sentence. Connecting with a Boise vehicular manslaughter lawyer as soon as possible may be your best chance at a favorable outcome.
Regardless of intent to cause harm, the consequences of being charged with vehicular manslaughter are life-altering. Don’t risk your future by failing to secure a Boise legal team with extensive experience in criminal defense of this kind. The lawyers at Trilogy Law Group will work tirelessly to individualize your defense and advocate for you.
What Is Vehicular Manslaughter in Boise?
Vehicular manslaughter, according to Idaho law, occurs when someone causes the death of another person without malice. There are various forms, including vehicular manslaughter. Vehicular manslaughter refers to the operation of a vehicle as a significant cause of the death of another because of:
- Driving recklessly or aggressively
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving with gross negligence for the safety of others
There are several careless driving acts that can bring on a vehicular manslaughter charge. The primary type involves negligent driving that leads to another’s death. A minor act of careless driving may lead to a charge of simple negligence, while you may be charged with gross negligence if it is found that you were flagrantly showing off with dangerous driving tactics.
Being under the influence is another careless driving act that comes with severe consequences when vehicular manslaughter is involved. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is considered impaired in Idaho. Vehicular homicide with DUI or aggravated DUI is a felony and you risk years of jail time and heavy fines.
Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter in Boise
Vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence is considered a misdemeanor. A conviction under this category can lead to jail time of up to one year, fines of up to $2,000, or both. Regular or ordinary negligence refers to conduct where there is a failure to act with reasonable care in a particular instance as compared to an ordinary person.
Gross negligence is the deliberate act of recklessness towards the safety of others, which causes harm. The degree of care is what differentiates gross negligence from its lesser counterpart. Penalties for Boise drivers that fall into this category are much harsher. You risk facing up to ten years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
When there is a DUI involved in vehicular manslaughter charges, the severity of your charges increases immensely. If you find yourself in this situation and are found to be under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other intoxicating substances you are facing serious charges. You will face up to fifteen years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
When the episode leads to the death of a parent with a child, the court can add the need for the motorist to pay child support to the surviving son or daughter until they reach the age of eighteen. In addition, the surviving family members may file a civil suit against you for monetary compensation for pain, financial losses, and suffering.
In Idaho, all vehicular manslaughter charges face revocation of their drivers license by either the courts or the Idaho Transportation Department.
How to Defend Against Boise Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
The preparation involved to build a defense against vehicular manslaughter charges is extensive. Due to the severity of the penalties, we leave no stone unturned in investigating the details of your individual case. No two cases are the same, and we never treat them as such. We have extensive experience in DUI cases and criminal defense preparation.
The details of your defense will depend on the details of your case. For example, if you’re accused of driving under the influence and causing a fatal accident, your attorney may gather evidence proving you weren’t driving drunk at the time, which may help prove you weren’t engaging in dangerously negligent behavior.
Additionally, your Boise manslaughter attorney may try to reduce the penalties you’ll face by reducing accusations of gross negligence to simple negligence. Reducing the charges can help you avoid much longer sentences and harsher penalties.
Reach Out to a Boise Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney
Do not speak with law enforcement without proper representation. If you have been charged or believe you will be, do not waste any time. We are here to ensure your rights are upheld and that you receive the best defense available. Connect with the team at Trilogy Law Group, we have years of success under our belts.
When you’re ready to defend your case, connect with a Boise vehicular manslaughter lawyer. Call us at 208-968-9060 or complete the online form below for personalized and professional criminal defense representation.